According to the British Red Cross, the unfolding catastrophe in the Lake Chad region is affecting 9.2 million people across Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The crisis is a result of a combination of populations displaced by conflict, drought and government security policies that have restricted the ability of local people to grow food.
Many people are surviving on one meal per day (if that), but what those means consist of falls a long way short of western norms.
Photographer Chris de Bode has brought home the scale of the hardship being endured by local people via a set of simple images. Using an ‘igloo studio’ in the field, de Bode shot food items and meals. “I was inspired by Instagram food bloggers,” he says. “I was humbled by the pride people took in preparing their food and their heart-breaking daily fight just to survive. While we are all connected through our need for food to survive, it can sometimes be difficult for people to engage with crises in other parts of the world. I wanted to tell their stories in a different way and illustrate the idea of what one meal a day really looks like.”
Following all the debate generated by our interviews with Super Super’s Steve Slocombe and 032c art director Mike Meiré, here is the piece from the current issue of Creative Review which draws on those sources to set the work into a wider context
Stretched type, day-glo colours and a ﬂagrant disregard for the rules: are we witnessing a knee-jerk reaction to the slick sameness of so much design or a genuine cultural shift?
In the early 90s, the mother of all rows blew up between, on the one hand, the traditionalist school of American designers led by Massimo Vignelli and, in defiant opposition, the avant garde of Emigre and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. The catalyst was an essay in Eye magazine by Steven Heller entitled Cult of the Ugly, in which the world’s most prolific design writer took Cranbrook and its students to task over, as he saw it, their gratuitously ugly output. Well now, it seems, ugly is back.
Speaking at D&AD Festival in London this week, Refinery29 co-founder and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi shared some advice for overcoming creative block, adapting to uncomfortable situations and identifying the conditions that lead to great ideas